The Original Theatre Company & Ghost Light Theatre Productions presents
by Torben Betts
directed by Stephen Darcy
original direction by Christopher Harper
Brits Off Broadway at 59E59, June 1-July 2, 2017
With Elizabeth Boag, Emily Bowker, Graeme Brookes, and Alastair Whatley
With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middleclass London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England. One night, they open their doors and invite next door neighbors, Dawn and Alan, into their home. Over the course of a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx, and abstract art; class and culture collide where the consequences are as tragic as they are hilarious.
This “laugh-out-loud” (Evening Standard) comedy transferred to the St. James Theatre in the West End in 2015, garnering rave reviews. The Daily Mail called it “a refreshing, Ayckbourn-style comedy” and The Times, London said it was “full of wit and bravado, fun and anger...catch it if you can.”
The cast features Elizabeth Boag (Alan Ayckbourn’s Hero’s Welcome, Confusions, and Arrivals & Departures at Brits Off Broadway), Emily Bowker (London Wall at the Finborough and the St. James Theatre), Graeme Brookes (Tanika’s Journey with Frantic Assembly), and Alastair Whatley (Henry V at the Royal Shakespeare Company).
The design team includes The design team includes Victoria Spearing (production design); Andy Purves (lighting design); David Morgan (costume supervisor and wardrobe master), and Max Pappenheim (sound design). The production stage manager is Sofia Montgomery.
Called “an uncommonly talented playwright” by Time Out London, Torben Betts’ (playwright) theater credits include Invincible (Orange Tree Theatre and St James Theatre, London); The Seagull (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Get Carter (Northern Stage); What Falls Apart (Live Theatre, Newcastle); A Listening Heaven (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough and Edinburgh Royal Lyceum, nominated as TMA Best New Play 2001); The Unconquered (Traverse/Tron/Arcola/Brits Off Broadway/UK tour, winner of Best New Play at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, 2007); Muswell Hill (Orange Tree Theatre and Park Theatre, London); The Company Man (Orange Tree Theatre); The Error of their Ways (HERE Arts Center, New York); Lie of the Land (Arcola Theatre, London/Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh); The Swing of Things (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Her Slightest Touch (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Incarcerator (Battersea Arts Centre, London); The Lunatic Queen (Riverside Studios, London); Five Visions of the Faithful (Edinburgh Festival Theatre); Clockwatching (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond and Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); The Biggleswades (Southwark Playhouse) and Silence and Violence (White Bear Theatre, London). He wrote the screenplay for the British independent feature film Downhill, which was released in cinemas in May 2014.
Stephen Darcy (director) trained as an actor at RADA and as a director at Birkbeck, University of London. He also has a BA in theatre from Trinity College Dublin. Directing work includes: Stair Wars (Fibin Galway & Tour); One in a Million (Aberdeen, Òran Mór, Traverse); Rum and Vodka (Citizens Theatre); Bite Big Apple (Southwark Playhouse); Richard III (RADA Enterprises Tour); The Magic (Soho Theatre & 503); Chelsea Hotel (RADA Festival) and Taste of Tears (Nursery Festival). As Assistant Director: Endgame, Fever Dream:Southside, Into That Darkness, Hamlet and A Christmas Carol (Citizens Theatre).
Christopher Harper (original director). Directing credits include: Invincible, See How They Run, Twelfth Night and Dancing at Lughnasa. Also Associate Director on Birdsong Productions tour of Shadowlands. He created and runs the Original Labs and Original Reads initiatives, through which Original Theatre Company nurtures and develops new work and emerging artists, performing readings and holding workshops in London and throughout the UK. As an actor, he can be seen as Nathan Curtis in Coronation Street. Previous TV credits include Cliff Last in Victoria Woods' Housewife, 49 (ITV) and Cecil Beaton in Upstairs Downstairs (BBC). Harper trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has appeared at The Globe, Hampstead Theatre, The Royal Exchange, Sheffield Crucible and on tour as Stanhope in Original Theatre's 2010 production of Journey's End.